The DPRK permanent representative at the UN sent a letter to the President of the UN Security Council on August 25.
The letter referred to the fact that the U.S. commenced the U.S.-south Korea Ulji Freedom Guardian 17 joint military exercises from August 21, 2017 in flagrant disregard of growing concerns and oppositions from the international community and exposed the provocative and aggressive nature of the drills.
It went on:
Waging such provocative and aggressive joint military exercises in the Korean peninsula which has already turned into a tinderbox is nothing short of a hysteric conduct to add fuel to the raging flames.
The current situation testifies to the fact that the danger of nuclear war is created by the U.S. that doggedly pursues its evil intention of occupying the DPR Korea by force and that the U.S. is the harasser of peace.
Acknowledging that the U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises constitute a grave threat to peace and security of the world as well as those of the Korean peninsula, the DPR Korea strongly requests the UNSC to discuss the issue of the joint military exercises as an emergency agenda item.
Should the UNSC ignore the request from the DPR Korea once again, it will become self-evident that the UNSC has ceased to remain as a body that assumes the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, but been reduced into a marionette and a political instrument of the U.S.
Now that the U.S. has blatantly manifested its hostile intention towards the DPR Korea by waging aggressive joint military exercises despite the repeated warnings from the latter against its reckless behavior, the DPR Korea has every reason to respond with tough countermeasures as an exercise of its right to self-defense and the U.S. shall be held totally accountable for the catastrophic consequences to follow.